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Health warning after 4 straight raccoons found in Upper Manhattan

INWOOD, Manhattan – There is a health warning after four straight raccoons were discovered in Upper Manhattan – the first time sick raccoons have been found there in a decade. In combination with the last summer's in-depth raccoon outbreak in Central Park, 70 of them died. The latest discovery is more than worrying."I went into someone who saw a waddling along, which means it was probably rabid," said Inwood resident Ted Minos. The New York City Health Department issues a warning Friday after the four raccoons were found in or near Inwood Park from January 25 to March 4. "The majority of raccoons who test positive are not raccoons identified as they were aggressive or biting. It was more that they were found sick," said Sally Salvinski of the NYC Health Department. Unlike most rabid animals, the health department says that straight raccoons are not aggressive. They say that dogs pose a greater risk to them. "Often there is paralysis and weakness, and so it is more that the raccoon is more vulnerable to dogs that attack them," adds Salvinski. Therefore, the department has sent signs to homeowners to be careful &#821 1; even tweeting a reminder of rabies threats and to avoid wild animals. "Last week, one of the rangers reported that there was an opportunity for a rabid raccoon to run around during the day, and he asked if I had seen it and I said no," said Inwood resident Kevin Burbage. Like most homeowners, Burbage wants to…

INWOOD, Manhattan – There is a health warning after four straight raccoons were discovered in Upper Manhattan – the first time sick raccoons have been found there in a decade.

In combination with the last summer’s in-depth raccoon outbreak in Central Park, 70 of them died. The latest discovery is more than worrying.

“I went into someone who saw a waddling along, which means it was probably rabid,” said Inwood resident Ted Minos.

The New York City Health Department issues a warning Friday after the four raccoons were found in or near Inwood Park from January 25 to March 4.

“The majority of raccoons who test positive are not raccoons identified as they were aggressive or biting. It was more that they were found sick,” said Sally Salvinski of the NYC Health Department.

Unlike most rabid animals, the health department says that straight raccoons are not aggressive. They say that dogs pose a greater risk to them.

“Often there is paralysis and weakness, and so it is more that the raccoon is more vulnerable to dogs that attack them,” adds Salvinski.

Therefore, the department has sent signs to homeowners to be careful &#821

1; even tweeting a reminder of rabies threats and to avoid wild animals.

“Last week, one of the rangers reported that there was an opportunity for a rabid raccoon to run around during the day, and he asked if I had seen it and I said no,” said Inwood resident Kevin Burbage.

Like most homeowners, Burbage wants to keep it that way.

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